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The Art of Loving

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The renowned psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm has helped millions of men and women achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love. In this astonishingly frank and candid book, he explores the ways in which this extraordinary emotion can alter the whole course of your life. Most of us are unable to develop our capacities for love on the only level that really counts — a love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. Learning to love, like other arts, demands practice and concentration. Even more than any other art, it demands genuine insight and understanding. In this classic work, Fromm explores love in all its aspects - not only romantic love, steeped in false conceptions and lofty expectations, but also love of parents, children, brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, and the love of God.

©2006 Erich Fromm (P)2020 Erich Fromm

Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
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The Art of Being

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This classic work by psychologist and social philosopher Eric Fromm builds upon his previous popular book To Have or to Be? The Art of Being teaches us to avoid the tantalizing illusions of our consumer-driven world by learning to function as a whole person from a state of inner completeness or being. The transition from an identity of having to being creates a state of enlightened psychological and spiritual happiness. Fromm observes that the modern person is less a self-reflective being than a composite of data promoted by the mass media, and he encourages us to pursue true self-awareness beyond simple political, ideological, and religious cliches. By learning to be centered in the self, the individual is less swayed by the endless pressures and dissatisfactions of the culture of consumerism.

©1989 Estate of Erich Fromm. Foreword 1992 Rainer Funk (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Raymond Todd
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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Escape from Freedom

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lf a man cannot stand freedom, he will probably turn fascist. This, in the fewest possible words, is the essential argument in this modem classic, Escape from Freedom. The author, Erich Fromm, is a distinguished psychologist, late of Berlin and Heidelberg, now of New York City. He applies the psychoanalytical method to the illness of our civilization which expresses itself in an abject submission to dictatorship. It is true that the rise of democracy set men free and brought to an end the authority of the medieval state and the medieval church. But it brought into existence a society where a man feels isolated from his fellows, where relationships in an industrial age are impersonal, where insecurity replaces a sense of belonging. This sense of isolation may drive an individual to one of various forms of escape. lt may drive a people to seek escape in blind devotion to a leader, in utter submission to an all-powerful state, into a barbarous and sadistic program of aggression against minority groups or neighbor nations. Few books since the rise of the dictators have thrown such light upon our times. Few books have penetrated so clearly into the causes of fascism and Nazism - and into the inherent qualities of a democracy. In his psychoanalysis of the social scene, the author makes a new contribution to psychology by modifying the basic concepts of Freud in placing a purely biological orientation by a cultural one. To all who see that democracy today faces its gravest hour, Dr. Fromm illustrates the essential character of the danger and the nature of democracy's responsibility. By its brilliant exposition of the modern social scene Escape from Freedom will help clarify many of today's most perplexing problems.

©1941 Erich Fromm (P)2013 Audible Inc.

Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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You Shall Be as Gods

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Erich Fromm's innovative analysis of the Old Testament as a striking early example of radical humanism. The Old Testament is one of the most carefully studied books in the world’s history. It is also one of the most misunderstood. This founding text of the world’s three largest religions is also, Erich Fromm argues, an impressive radical humanist text. He sees the stories of mankind’s transition from divided clans to united brotherhood as a tribute to the human power to overcome. Filled with hopeful symbolism, You Shall Be as Gods shows how the Old Testament and its tradition is an inspiring ode to human potential.

©1966 Erich Fromm, 1991 by the Estate of Erich Fromm (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Allan Robertson
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism

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A master of psychoanalysis and social philosophy explores Zen Buddhism. In 1957, social philosopher and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm invited Daisetz T. Suzuki, the most famous Zen Buddhist master in the Western world, to a seminar at his new home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Their discussion was one of the highlights of Fromm’s life, and the paper Fromm presented (and later expanded into a book) was a watershed work. Fromm demonstrates his mastery of the philosophy and practice of Zen, perfectly articulating how Zen tenets fit into the ideas of psychoanalysis. In this audiobook, he creates new perspectives on both systems of thought.

©1960 Erich Fromm, 1996 by the Estate of Erich Fromm (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Claire Slemmer
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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Man for Himself

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In Man for Himself, Erich Fromm examines the confusion of modern women and men who, because they lack faith in any principle by which life ought to be guided, become the helpless prey forces both within and without. From the broad, interdisciplinary perspective that marks Fromm's distinguished oeuvre, he shows that psychology cannot divorce itself from the problems of philosophy and ethics, and that human nature cannot be understood without understanding the values and moral conflicts that confront us all. He shows that an ethical system can be based on human nature rather than on revelations or traditions. As Fromm asserts, "If man is to have confidence in values, he must know himself and the capacity of his nature for goodness and productiveness."

©1947 Erich Fromm, 2013 by the Estate of Erich Fromm (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Phil Holland
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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Greatness and Limitations of Freud's Thought

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Erich Fromm, renowned psychoanalyst and author of The Art of Loving, presents in this audiobook a highly stimulating and accessible critique of Sigmund Freud's contributions to modern thought. As the title suggests, Fromm's is a wholeheartedly balanced view, inspired by great admiration for Freud's achievements but with a clear understanding of the preconceptions which blinkered his vision - notably those stemming from the bourgeois materialism of his society, his certainty of the inferiority of women and his inability to conceive of psychical phenomena for which physiological roots could not be demonstrated.....

©1979 Erich Fromm, 1980 by the Estate of Erich Fromm (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: William Neenan
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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The Sane Society

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The Sane Society is a continuation and extension of the brilliant psychiatric concepts Erich Fromm first formulated in Escape from Freedom; it is also, in many ways, an answer to Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents. Fromm examines man’s escape into over conformity and the danger of robotism in contemporary industrial society: Modern humanity has, he maintains, been alienated from the world of their own creation. Here Fromm offers a complete and systematic exploration of his “humanistic psychoanalysis.” In so doing, he counters the profound pessimism for our future that Freud expressed and sets forth the goals of a society in which the emphasis is on each person and on the social measures designed to further function as a responsible individual.

©1955 Erich Fromm (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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To Have or to Be?

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To Have or to Be? is one of the seminal books of the second half of the 20th century. Nothing less than a manifesto for a new social and psychological revolution to save our threatened planet, this book is a summary of the penetrating thought of Erich Fromm. His thesis is that two modes of existence struggle for the spirit of humankind: the having mode, which concentrates on material possessions, power, and aggression, and is the basis of the universal evils of greed, envy, and violence; and the being mode, which is based on love, the pleasure of sharing, and in productive activity. To Have or to Be? is a brilliant program for socioeconomic change.

©1976 The Estate of Erich Fromm (P)2020 Upfront Books

Narrator: Adriel Brandt
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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The Forgotten Language

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In this study, Fromm argues that man needs to analyze his unconscious thoughts, his dreams, and his conscious fantasies, as they reflect a universal and symbolic representation of himself.

©1937 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; and those from The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud, with the permission of Allen and Unwin, Ltd., London, 1951 by Erich Fromm, 2013 by the Estate of Erich Fromm (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Kevin Young
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
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The Heart of Man

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Fromm's follow-up to Escape from Freedom and The Art of Loving is a keen study of violence on a small scale leading to the specter of mass destruction.

©1964 Erich Fromm (P)2017 American Mental Health Foundation Inc.

Narrator: Sam Bogart
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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L'arte di amare

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Amare non significa possedere in maniera esclusiva, limitare la libertà del partner o escludersi dalla vita del mondo; al contrario, l'amore può aprirsi all'intero universo, spalancando inattese prospettive. Un trattato sull'amore che insegna a sviluppare la propria personalità e raggiungere la pienezza affettiva.

©2016 Mondadori (P)2020 Mondadori

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Beyond Freud: From Individual to Social Psychoanalysis

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Throughout his scientific work, Erich Fromm pursued the twin goal of uncovering the social unconscious of the individual as well as the unconscious of social entities. As Fromm wrote in 1936, "The problem within psychology and sociology is the dialectic intertwining of natural and historical factors. Freud has wrongly based psychology totally on natural factors." On these themes, the present book consists of four dynamic sections: (1) Man's Impulse Structure and Its Relation to Culture (2) Psychic Needs and Society (1956 lecture) (3) Dealing with the Unconscious (1959 lecture), and (4) The Relevance of Psychoanalysis for the Future (1975 lecture) It is an intensive understanding of psychoanalytic theory, relating Freudian insights and practices to the needs of society; dealing with the unconscious in psychotherapeutic practice; and considering the relevance of Freud's discoveries for therapy today.

©1992 The Estate of Erich Fromm (P)2017 American Mental Health Foundation Inc.

Narrator: Ed Waldorph
Author: Erich Fromm
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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